Our New Office

This post was originally published on the Elabs blog, before Elabs and Varvet joined forces.

Back at the office and looking forward to the year of 2011. One exciting thing happening this year is that we’re moving to a new office in Gothenburg.

We have been looking for something new for a year. Since Elabs started two years ago we’ve been renting space at Edithouse, which has been great. But we need more room and we want something of our own. Something that reflects the kind of company we are. An office out of the ordinary.

We need a spacious place with room for the developers to pair program undisturbed. A creative environment for our designers. Room for our customers when they come and work with us and for the developers in our Stockholm office when they are visiting Gothenburg. We also need a space to hang out and finally have a real ping pong table.

Now we’ve found it.

The building is called The Hasselblad House and was built by Victor Hasselblad’s grandfather in 1875. Victor Hasselblad is famous for his camera inventions. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin used a camera from Hasselblad to shoot photos from their landing on the moon and Lennart Nilsson used Hasselblad’s cameras to take his amazing photos inside the human body.

Hasselblad had their headquarters in this building for over 100 years. It was also used as a residence for the Hasselblad family. In 2003 Hasselblad moved to a new building. Now most of the house has been carefully renovated and converted into apartments. There are two office spaces in the ground floor, and one of them will be ours.

Right now we’re working with our architects and designers, planning the renovations. We’ll have more to share about that shortly. Then it’s a long wait until June, when we move across the street to this building:

The Hasselblad House